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Paranoid Android Vs CyanogenMod – Who Wins the Crown in Custom ROMs

Paranoid Android vs CyanogenMod

If you are a regular Android user, you must have come across different customized launcher applications build for tweaking user interface. But what about re-engineering the entire software architecture and making it feel more butter smooth with lots of features not available in typical Android OS? Here custom ROMs comes into the picture.

Custom ROMs are alternative open source OS based on the Android platform through which we can have administrative privileges of our phone, tweak the phone to its highest level, customization, speed and in some cases even expanding the lifespan of the phone. CyanogenMod and Paranoid Android are some of the most popular custom ROMs. These two ROMs consist of the major chunk of the millions of custom ROMs user base. Paranoid apart from its unique and compelling features have inherited most of the features from CyanogenMod but differs in some aspects. Here in this article, we would like to share with our readers the differences between the two major ROMs.

Handling Installation

The compatibility is one of the foremost things to consider before installing any custom ROM. Some ROMs might not be compatible with every single device. So it’s better to choose a ROM which is compatible with your device. The installation and finished outcome of custom ROMs depends totally on the model to model. Some phone may experience a crash, hang or similar mishaps while some may not. When it comes to installing CyanogenMod and Paranoid Android, both comes handy but some people might face initial setup quite irritating when installing Paranoid Android.

General Comparison

If you are a newbie to Android custom ROMs, then Cyanogen is the perfect choice to make since it follows most of the Android stock aesthetics. A new user might take time to get accustomed to Paranoid Android.

The developer team of CyanogenMod around the world currently supports around 220 devices (version 6 to version 14) while on the other hand, Paranoid Android developer team supports a limited number of Android devices but, however, an unofficial version of Paranoid Android supports many devices running today.

Both the custom ROMs are less craving when it comes to battery life and is more or less same on the performance level. The stock kernel of both the ROMs is fine-tuned for improving battery life. If someone notices battery drainage on either of the custom ROMs, there are chances that the version might be corrupted or having some issues.

In terms of releasing regular updates, CyanogenMod developers follow a ‘nightly milestone’ and ‘stable version’ schedule in case they feel that the current version has enough potential to stand for the long run. While this is not the case in Paranoid Android where the team releases a new build every couple of days but releases a major version when adding lots of features or eliminating major bugs.

The team of CyanogenMod has a professional approach to their work as against Paranoid Android developers. One of the reasons behind this professional approach is that CyanogenMod website is frequently updated and have a centralized website for downloads while Paranoid Android website lack this important feature.

In terms of features, Paranoid Android seems to be a clear winner with some nice and unique features it offers to its users while CyanogenMod is targeted at a wider audience, so some geeks who are habitual of custom ROMs might think that features of CyanogenMod are not a match to their taste.

Performance and Features

Both the custom ROMs Paranoid Android 3+ and CyanogenMod 10.1 offer stock Android 4.2.2 experience and are loaded with newest features like Google Now, updated Gallery and camera application. Paranoid Android has the ability to save pictures to SD card which is not there in CyanogenMod 10.1. In regular day to day usage, both the device performs butter smooth with no noticeable lag between switching apps to and fro and playing games.

In terms of multi-tasking, Paranoid Android introduces new ‘Halo’ feature which is simply amazing. It is basically a floating notification panel giving you the option to free up some space on the screen and simultaneously letting you access PA’s multitasking functionality. Just click on the circle when some notification arrives and it will instantly open-up the related application without forcing you to close what you are currently doing. You can also add multiple applications to Halo for your important notification like Facebook, Gmail, WhatsApp, Hangouts etc. to fully utilize its functionality. Although, CyanogenMod has quick response feature in the notification panel but supports a limited number of apps and also archaic in comparison to Paranoid Android.


Which is the best? Again this is the matter of personal choice. Paranoid Android is exclusive, maintaining a perfect balance between small tweaks and unique features, which is slight an upper age over CyanogenMod. But on the other hand, if you want standard Android experience with extensive professional support around the world to help you dealing any issues, then CyanogenMod is an excellent choice. So make your choice smartly!

This article is written by Arbaz Khan who writes regularly at TheGeekCubes on various tech topics and tutorials.

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